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Apr 13

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Awake and Alert!

Every living creature sleeps.

No matter who or what or where, every living thing sleeps. Consider the following:

Some humans sleep on their backs, their sides or their stomachs. Some sleep with their knees drawn up to their chest. Others sleep with one leg drawn up and an arm under their head. Some of us sleep one way while others sleep another way. The fact is, however, that all of us sleep.

Consider the animal kingdom for a moment: long-legged birds sleep standing on one leg. Ducks always sleep in open water. To avoid drifting to the shore, they keep paddling with one foot, moving in a circle. Fish and snakes sleep with their eyes open.

Every living thing sleeps.

Except God.

The Psalmist wisely brings this to our attention: “He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber…nor sleep.”

When days are dark and the stars hidden behind the clouds, God is awake and watching over us. When our dearest friends deny and abandon us, God is there to put His arm around us and comfort us. When our hearts are broken, He will wipe away our tears. When the enemy attacks us, He Himself will defend us.

He Who is all powerful and ever present always protects us. He Who loves us will always strengthen, steady, support, sustain and save us from slipping.

By Michael A. Guido, D.D

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